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A. Artigas, A. Pla-Quintana, A. Lledó, A. Roglans, M. Solà
Expeditious preparation of open-cage fullerenes by rhodium(I)-catalyzed [2+2+2] cycloaddition of diynes and C60: an experimental and theoretical study.
Chemistry – A European Journal, 2018, 24, 10653-10661.
D. Cassú, T. Parella, M. Solà, A. Pla-Quintana, A. Roglans
Rhodium-catalysed [2+2+2] cycloaddition reactions of linear allene-ene-ynes to afford fused tricyclic scaffolds. Insights into the mechanism
Chemistry – A European Journal, 2017, 23, 14889-14899.
E. Haraburda, M. Fernández, A. Gifreu, J. Garcia, T. Parella, A. Pla-Quintana, A. Roglans
Chiral induction in intramolecular rhodium-catalyzed [2+2+2] cycloadditions of optically active allene-ene/yne-allene substrates
Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 2017, 359, 506-512.
Ò. Torres, A. Roglans, A. Pla-Quintana
An enantioselective cascade cyclopropanation reaction catalyzed by rhodium(I): asymmetric synthesis of vinylcyclopropanes
Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2016, 358, 3512-3516.
A.Lledó, A. Pla-Quintana, A. Roglans
Allenes, versatile unsaturated motifs in transition-metal-catalysed [2+2+2] cycloaddition reactions
Chemical Society Reviews, 2016, 45, 2010-2023
The involvement of alkenes and allenes in transition-metal calalyzed [2+2+2] cycloaddition reactions has the advantage of allowing for the eventual introduction of stereogenic centres in the newly formed six-membered ring and of affording complex polycyclic scaffolds. Our work is focused on the use of properly substituted alkenes, which are more reluctant to react than alkynes, that allow the synthesis of chiral cyclohexadienes and their further functionalization by Diels-Alder reaction. We are also investigating the use of allenes, unsaturated substrates that are more reactive than alkenes and that deliver cycloadducts with an exocyclic double bond that can subsequently be manipulated. One of the main aims in our research is to control the chemoselectivity and regioselectivity of these processes by determining the factors that govern them both experimentally and theoretically.
Fullerenes are a class of molecule made up of carbon atoms with an unusual hybridization (sp2,3) exhibiting a chemical reactivity similar to that of electron-deficient olefins. Fullerene, in particular, has received considerable attention due to its interesting spherical structures and unique physical and chemical properties. The functionalization of fullerene with different functional groups provides a variety of potential molecular materials for biological, optical, and electronic devices. Our work is focused on exploring the versatility of rhodium complexes in the cycloaddition of pi-unsaturations to C60 as a tool to functionalize these molecules in a straightforward manner.
In order to effectively control and improve the catalytic reactions, it is necessary to understand the mechanistic details of the process. One of the difficulties faced in these investigations is that the low concentrations and transient nature of most of the intermediates involved make their identification difficult. Therefore, techniques that allow the direct monitoring of these reactive intermediates are of great interest. One of our research lines is to use electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and subsequent MS/MS analysis to obtain detailed data by trapping and identifying short-lived intermediates in transition-metal catalyzed [2+2+2] cycloaddition reactions. In addition to observing the molecular mass of ions for many reactive intermediates, this technique reveals structural information through characteristic fragmentation patterns by collision-induced dissociation. All these data help us to more fully understand the course of cycloadditions and allow us to improve these reactions.
Research line led by Dr. Anna Pla-Quintana
The vast majority of syntheses rely on step-by-step transformations. This is an inefficient, time-consuming strategy that would be greatly improved by the implementation of effective cascade processes. Of the many intermediates that can initiate or participate in cascade processes, metal-carbenoids are an excellent option due to their versatility and high reactivity. Rhodium(II) dimers have emerged as the most versatile class of complexes for single-step carbenoid mediated reactions. The transition-metal carbenoids that are required for these reactions are mostly prepared from nitrogen extrusion of diazo compounds that have non-negligible security and toxicity risks. Furthermore, the methodology is limited just to carbenoids with certain electronic properties. This research line is aimed at preparing rhodium carbenoids making use of rhodium(I) complexes to decompose arylsulfonylhydrazones, a carbenoid source that is much safer and easier to handle and which is amenable to all types of carbenoids. Rhodium(I) complexes with atropoisomeric ligands are chosen to exploit their versatility and stereoselectivity in cycloaddition reactions, nucleophilic substitutions and rearrangements. This combination is selected to trigger cascade reactions that allow the straightforward enantioselective synthesis of (poly)cyclic compounds from readily available linear starting materials.
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In 2015 and 2016, the IQCC organized for the first and the second time the Science
On 22ndMay 2018, Albert Artigas, a PhD researcher of the Institute of Computational
Albert Artigas, Anna Pla-Quintana, Agustí Lledó, Anna Roglans, and Miquel Solà, members of
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